Friday, March 13, 2020
Ralph Cipriano: Subject Of Search Warrant In Philly Cop Murder Should Have Been In Jail
Veteran journalist and author Ralph Sipriano offers a good piece on his website Bigtrial.net about how the suspected murderer of a Philadelphia police officer should have been incarcerated.
A SWAT team led by Corporal James O'Connor (seen in the above photo) was in Frankford this morning, trying to serve a warrant for murder and robbery on 21-year-old Hassan Elliott. An ensuing gun battle resulted in the murder of O'Connor.
Before the SWAT team went looking for Elliott, he had been the recipient of multiple breaks from the district attorney's office that should have landed him in jail.
On Jan. 24, 2018 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, before Judge Robert Coleman, Elliott pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea to carrying firearms without a license. He got 9 to 23 months in prison and three years probation. But he walked out of court a free man that day because the court accepted as his prison term the amount of jail time previously served.
As part of the deal the D.A. agreed to drop two other charges, intentional possession of a controlled substance, and a charge of carrying firearms in public.
While on probation, three different times, Elliott was brought before the judge on alleged violations of parole. And three times, rather than put him in jail, the district attorney's office allowed Elliott to continue being on probation.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link: